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Norway’s STATE OF HAPPINESS to compete at Canneseries

The competition line-up has been announced for the inaugural Canneseries TV festival, which will launch in Cannes next month.

Selected for the official competition is State of Happiness (Lykkeland), an upcoming Norwegian television series about the crisis regarding the fishing industry in the age of oil. From the festival website:

A story of a changing nation, a Klondike town, and four young people who are thrown into a whirlwind of opportunities.It’s the summer of 1969 in the small coastal town of Stavanger. International oil companies have been test-drilling for years, but nothing has been found and they are in the process of leaving. The night before Christmas 1969, the gas flare at the oil rig Ocean Viking is lit. And everything is about to change.

State of Happiness is directed by Mette Marit Bølstad, directed by Petter Næss & Pål Jackman and stars Anne Regine Ellingsæter, Bart Edwards, Amund Harboe, and Malene Wadel.

The jury includes Harlan Coben, Paula Beer (FrantzBad Banks), Audrey Fouché (Memories Corner); actress Melisa Sözen (Winter Sleep); composer Cristobal Tapia De Veer (Black Mirror) and actor Michael Kenneth Williams (The WireBoardwalk Empire).

The Canneseries festival will run from the 7th until the 11th of April.

You can view the full list of series competing at the official website here. 

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.